History To Air Special on 9/11 American Flag

History To Air Special on 9/11 American Flag

The special will chronicle the flag's recovery and journey back to NY, where it will be donated to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NY, said the network.

15 years later, the iconic American flag three New York City firefighters raised above World Trade Center rubble on 9/11 that later disappeared has been recovered and donated to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. On Oct. 31, 2014, the show featured the missing flag.

Hours after the attacks, firefighters with the Fire Department of NY spotted a flag onboard the Star of America, a yacht docked at the marina near the World Trade Center.

It turned up again in November 2014, in Everett, Washington. They enlisted a crime lab in Washington state, which confirmed that the flag was embedded with dust particles from the 9/11 site.

Schneck also compared the flag with high-resolution images captured 15 years ago by newspaper photographer Thomas E. Franklin, who was at the World Trade Center site on September 11 when the flag was raised, the Times reported.

"Ultimately, our detectives concluded that there was enough compelling evidence to determine that this was likely the ground zero flag".

Forensic scientists confirmed the flag's authenticity.

"If you look at the original photograph from 9/11 you see a certain electric tape holding two lines together, and they had the same general profile", Schneck told the local Fox affiliate.

The plight of the iconic ground zero flag will be chronicled in a History special, America's 9/11 Flag: Rise From The Ashes, set to debut on September 11. It was authenticated and the original owner donated the flag to the museum this week.

Eventually, a flag believed to be the Ground Zero artifact from Franklin's photo toured the world, showing up at benefit concerts and aboard military ships en route to war.

The whereabouts of the original was unknown until two years ago, when a mystery man handed it into a fire station in Everett, Washington State — almost 3,000 miles away from NY. "We put that flag on TV".

The man, who gave firefighters only the name "Brian", said he'd gotten it as a gift from an unnamed National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration worker who'd gotten it from an unidentified 9/11 widow.

"America's 9/11 Flag" airs 10:30 p.m. Sunday on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

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